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New kids on the block

As Delhi University reopens for a new session, HT City gets you glimpses from the first day.

entertainment Updated: Jul 23, 2011 01:57 IST
Vaishali Bhambri & Aakriti Sawhney
Vaishali Bhambri & Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times

Day One of the new session of Delhi University (DU) began on mixed note. While some freshers were seen having fun and enjoying their new campus life, others looked anxious and unsure, searching for classes, canteens and rest rooms. Seniors observed the ‘No Ragging’ policy and were seen staying away from the fuchchas.

“I was looking forward to making a lot of friends with both my classmates and seniors, but just managed to interact with a few of them,” says Shreya Das, Sociology Honours, Hindu College. However, many seniors found a different way of breaking the ice with the freshers. “We want to interact with our juniors and make them feel comfortable. What better way than singing for them and welcoming them to this new phase of their life,” says a member of Dhwani, the music society of SGTB Khalsa College.

Seniors steal the show
On day one, you would usually expect the freshers to make a grand entrance. But seniors are not far behind when it comes to going to college with a bang. These third year students (left) of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College managed to make quite a few heads turn when they went to college on their red tractor.

They were seen enjoying the attention they received as they did the rounds of North Campus on their tractor. When approached, they refused to disclose their names or even talk to us. But their grand entry on campus sure did create quite a buzz. “I was amused to see them. They will always be a part of my day one memories,” says Akanksha Kapoor of Miranda House.

Grand entry on the first day
Raghav Gogia was among the five lucky freshers to make a grand entry on day one of the new session. As part of the HT Edge First Day on Campus, Gogia travelled to his college - Shri Venkateswara - in a limousine. “I was thrilled. It couldn’t have been better. I felt like a complete celebrity there.

A lot of people were asking me about my entry. It made me feel so proud,” says Gogia, who has taken admission in B Com Hons at the college. Other freshers to make a lavish entry included Himanshi Goel of Gargi College, Eva Chopra of Kirori Mal College, Avneet Singh of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce and Devansh Kamboj of Khalsa College.

A fresher shares the experience of his first day at college.My first day at college, which was very much anticipated, came and went like a gust of wind, but the memories would be everlasting. The excitement, anxiousness, and adrenaline rush that I went through will always remind me of this day. Everything seemed to be so perfect on the first day, though I still regret that I did not get a chance to interact with my teachers and seniors. The orientation too was quite low-key, with only speeches by some teachers of the college. But I’ll treasure this day forever.

Freshers love smoke-free DU
One message that was made clear to the freshers on day one of the new session was that that Delhi University is a tobacco-free zone. There were posters all around the campus, which notified that smoking in the college is an offence.
“College is an institute where you not only come to study but also to learn the importance of discipline in life,” says Aastha Jain of LSR. “A measure should be taken to ban smoking outside the college gates as well,” adds Aarushi Dhingra of Gargi College.

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First Published: Jul 22, 2011 19:46 IST